Cyclone Phailin

Cyclone Phailin: Flood warning for Bihar, AP out of threat

In the latest update of Cyclone Phailin, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a flood warning to Bihar as the progression of the storm is likel…

Cyclone Phailin: Nine lakh people evacuated, loss of life minimized says Naveen Patnaik

Cyclone Phailin: Normalcy 'soon', assures Odisha CM

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday commended the coordinated efforts of state officials and civil society to minimize the damage in the li…

  • What is a super cyclone? How can it be tamed?Yahoo India News-Fri 11 Oct, 2013

    Authorities say that the super cyclone is a major risk to life and is likely to cause extensive damage once it hits land.

  • Cyclone energy? Equal to 100 H-bombsYahoo India News-Fri 11 Oct, 2013

    The wind speed during a severe storm may be as high as 300 kmph.

  • 2013 revealed as sixth warmest year on recordANI-Tue 25 Mar, 2014

    London, Mar 25 (ANI): In its review of 2013, the world's leading meteorological authority suggests that many of last year's weather extremes are likely to have been heavily influenced by rising global temperatures. In some ways 2013 was a typical year for the global weather. Heatwaves, cold snaps, violent storms, droughts and floods all played their part in shaping 2013 - as they do every year - but there is growing evidence that human activities are making weather extremes more frequent or extreme, the World Meteorological Authority revealed. Some of the strongest tropical cyclones to hit land were seen in 2013, notably Typhoon Haiyan which devastated parts of the central Philippines, and Cyclone Phailin, the second strongest tropical cyclone to strike India since modern records began, resulting in the evacuation of 1.1 million people from coastal areas.

  • Fervour, gaiety marks Holi, CMs stay away over deaths in statesIANS-Mon 17 Mar, 2014

    New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The Holi festival was celebrated Monday with traditional gaiety and fervour across the country with people greeting each other by applying 'gulaal' and sharing sweets. The chief ministers of Bihar, Maharashtra and Odisha stayed away from the celebrations, expressing grief over death of people in their states. Many other politicians, however, spent the day with their supporters in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The celebrations picked up during the day as the weather grew pleasant and warmer.

  • 20 disaster relief men to be honoured with PM's MedalIANS-Thu 6 Mar, 2014

    New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Twenty personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been awarded the Prime Minister's Medal for their exemplary rescue work in natural disasters, including during the floods in Uttarakhand last year. "The nation faced numerous natural disasters in 2013 such as cloudburst in Uttarakhand, floods in Assam, cyclonic storm Phailin in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. NDRF personnel saved lives of a large number of people in these calamities," the group said in a statement Thursday.

  • Odisha BJP seeks white paper on cyclone PhailinIANS-Tue 21 Jan, 2014

    Bhubaneswar, Jan 21 (IANS) The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday demanded a white paper on the damage caused by cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods in the state and the relief and restoration efforts carried out by the state government. Senior BJP leader Manmohan Samal said here the state government was yet to provide compensation to all those affected by the calamities. Accusing the government of not initiating any inquiry into the misappropriation of relief materials, reported at several places, Samal said: "The government must publish a white paper on all these matters".

  • Mukherjee to inaugurate Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training CentreANI-Sun 12 Jan, 2014

    Port Blair, Jan.12 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Centre here on Sunday. He also addressed a civic reception hosted by the Port Blair Municipal Council.

  • New phone alerts for extreme weather could help prevent casualties in IndiaANI-Wed 8 Jan, 2014

    Washington, Jan. 8 (ANI): Computer science undergraduates have developed image based mobile phone alerts, connected to the Weather Research and Forecasting system, which could help prevent casualties in India. India has a mobile phone subscriber base exceeding 929 million people and this is expected to touch 1.15 billion by the end of 2014. He said that the easy-to-use Weather Research and Forecasting model remains confined to an elite group of users, such as atmospheric scientists and weather forecasters. Ghosh added that their research explores how the WRF forecast can be interfaced with mobile telephony which has a deep penetration even in rural pockets of India.

  • Odisha fishermen to get voice alerts on mobilesIANS-Fri 3 Jan, 2014

    Bhubaneswar, Jan 3 (IANS) At least 100,000 fishermen in Odisha will start getting free voice alerts in Odia related to weather, tsunamis and cyclones on their mobiles within a fortnight, officials said Friday. The state government has signed a pact with IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) Thursday to provide the service, Bishnupada Sethi, fishery and animal husbandry department secretary, told IANS. IKSL is a joint venture promoted by state-run Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Bharti Airtel, and Star Global Resources Ltd.. Out of 12 lakh state fishermen, both in costal and interior areas, one lakh fishermen will initially be provided a free SIM card, Sethi said. The farmers will receive 4-5 free voice messages daily in Odia, the state's official language, he added.

  • Why Is Hari Chasing A Lizard In The Andamans?Thu 2 Jan, 2014

    Endless rain. Loneliness. Years of agonizingly slow research. Bouts of malaria. Despite it all, a community of scientists in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are working to chart the smallest animal and the most obscure plant - the building blocks of the universe.